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July 13, 2007


Laura Gonzalez

Interesting and even tempered. A little different from this one certainly.


There is no effort here to confuse the issues. To the contrary, the document is an obvious attempt to set the record straight.

I've been discussing the Church's teaching on a Protestant forum, and most of them reacted negatively, which I understand. But, I tried to give the Church's teaching to them straight, putting it into context, but not trying to mollify it. The truth is that the Catholic Church looks at herself in an exclusive way. This is a scandal to the world. I feel like we try to nuance everything to the finest degree (which is necessary in a certain sense), but at some point we have to just say: these are the plain facts. This is what the Catholic Church believes. Take it or leave it. In the long run, trying to hide or water down her teaching only hurts the salvation of souls, because when the Church inevitably asserts the fullness of her teaching, people feel like they entered into a dialogue with the Church under false pretenses.

David H. Lukenbill

Pope Benedict has done what needs doing regularly and that is to remind Catholics, who I think are the intended recipients of this further clarification of earlier papal and CDF documents, that the Catholic Church is the only Church founded by Christ upon the rock of Peter and the gates of hell have not prevailed against it.

He has done it lovingly and rationally, but with delicate firmness all the same, just what we expect from the Holy Father.

In the West, with our great move over the past few generations into pubic speech that is so constructed so as to not offend anyone that, very often, the truth itself comes out all garbled and foggy, this kind of clarity does seem rather sharp, but that is the nature of truth, sharp as a razor’s edge and solid as a granite rock.

And the silence of the rock of apostolic succession in this response does speak volumes.


I wonder if, in a few years from now, Dr Mohler will be a Catholic. He seems to be missing just one or two pieces of the jigsaw.

Julianne Wiley

I've been liking Albert Mohler more and more for a long time. He seems to do a high percentage of his own thinking, and he's clear and charitable and knowledgeable. He has courage, too, which counts for a lot. Loves Jesus. His blog is right up there (for me) with Amy's.


Last year at this time I was an Evangelical with no idea that the Catholic Church claimed to be anything more than just another denomination. I found out otherwise when I stumbled on this quote from a Catholic convert: "If what the Church teaches about her nature and authority is true, then how could we justify not becoming part of her?" By the grace of God that quote started an intensive learning process that ended with me joining the Church at Easter. :) So I *completely* agree with Dr. Mohler's point that these issues are important and ought to be clarified and discussed. It's ridiculous that I spent 28 years as a very faithful Protestant without knowing a dang thing about what the other denominations taught or why it mattered.

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